POINT # 39
Location of Point: This Point No. 39 is located on all the tips of fingers and toes, i.e., this point is found on the tip of all the ten fingers and ten toes. For the following indications this point is pressed.
The term ‘paranasal’ means ‘by the side of the nose’. The paranasal sinuses are air-filled cavities in the bones around the nasal cavity.
The paranasal sinuses are paired structures and there are four pairs of it in our body. The four pairs of paranasal sinuses are named according to the bones in which they are situated. These four pairs are:
• Frontal sinuses
• Maxillary sinuses
• Ethmoidal sinuses
• Sphenoidal sinuses
Each member of a pair of paranasal sinuses opens into its half of the nasal cavity through a tiny opening called an ostium on the side of the nasal cavity. The paranasal sinuses are very small, or even absent, at the time of birth, and remain small until puberty. Thereafter, the sinuses enlarge fairly rapidly; this enlargement accounts partially for the distinctive change in the size and shape of the face that occurs during adolescence.
The frontal sinuses are situated within the frontal bone (the bone of the forehead). Each is variable in size, corresponding to an area just above the inner part of the eyebrow. Drainage of mucous secretions from here to nasal cavity is efficient and aided by gravity.
The largest of the pairs of sinuses are the maxillary sinuses situated within the maxillae (cheek bones). Infections and inflammation are more common here than in any other paranasal sinuses. This is because of the mucous secretions from this to the nasal cavity is not very efficient and against gravity.
Each ethmoidal sinus is situated between the thin inner wall of the orbit (eye socket) and the side wall of the nasal cavity. The drainage into the nasal cavity is moderately efficient.
The Sphenoidal sinuses are behind the roof of the nasal cavity, within the sphenoidal bone. The drainage is fairly efficient into the nasal cavity.
Functions of the paranasal sinuses:
An important function of the paranasal sinuses is to help in giving the voice a warm, rich tone, as the sinuses act as resonators for sound. Patients with chronic sinusitis often have a noticeable lack of resonance in their voice. The paranasal sinuses are also believed to act as thermal insulators by preventing cold, inhaled air from the cooling the surrounding structures. Another function is to lighten the weight of the skull. They are also responsible for the production of mucus that flows into the nasal cavity.
The paranasal sinuses have an inner lining of mucous membrane that is similar to the inner lining of the nasal cavity. As in the nasal cavity, the lining of each paranasal sinus contains many cells that constantly secrete fluid. Other cells in the lining possess hair-like projections (cilia) on their surface. These projections, by their constant movement, help to propel the secretions into the nasal cavity through the ostia (openings).
Inflammation of the sinuses causes the mucous membrane lining to swell, resulting in the ostia becoming blocked. This in turn prevents the mucous secretions from draining into the nasal cavity as normal.
Because the lining of the nasal cavity continues through to the paranasal sinuses via the ostia, the paranasal sinuses may be regarded as extensions of the nasal cavity. This arrangement, however, may allow infections of the nasal cavity to spread to the paranasal sinuses.
Sinusitis – inflammation of the paranasal sinuses – is almost always preceded by an infection of the nasal cavity or throat.
This Point No. 39 has got a special characteristic. This is related to the nervous system. Thus any nerve disorder particularly pertinent to brain gives astonishing results when this Point is treated regularly for a period of time. So it advised to put pressure on this point to treat any disorder related to nervous system apart from sinus problems.
a) A male patient of 74 years old age got affected by paralysis (cerebral hemiplegic), due to hypertension (high BP) that caused lesion in the brain. He was bed ridden since fortnight and was not possible on the part of his family members to bring him to the Acupressure Treatment Centre for treatment. So they were advised to give Acupressure twice daily on the prescribed Acu. Points to the patient for a month or so. Among the prescribed Points, Point No. 39 was told to be given special emphasis and was advised to give pressure on it for three to four times a day. After one month the patient’s family members reported that the patient has remarkably improved and he is now able to eat on his own, can walk with someone’s support and the general well being has improved a lot. After one and half months from then the patient got completely recovered from the effects of paralysis.
b) The practice and experience tells that this point is also very helpful in the treatment of epilepsy, convulsion, diabetic neuropathy, cerebral palsy, stress and strain, psychiatric disorder (all kinds of mental derangement) and lot more.
Increase of concentration
Stress and strain
Numbness of hands and legs